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Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden present

Jasmine Jazz

Sunday, June 22 2014, 7:30pm Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden | 578 Carrall St. Vancouver Tickets at door 7pm or call 604 662 3207 | $15 (general) $10 (seniors/students) Online at

Jirong Huangerhu

Zhongxi Wusuona/sheng

Sarah Tanguzheng

Arnt Arntzenbanjo/vocals

Jodi Proznickbass

Bruce Henczelpercussion

The love of jazz brings Canada’s first Chinese music group and one of this country’s emerging young musicians together for a unique show: Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble (VCME) join Arnt Arntzen to present Jasmine Jazz at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on Sunday, June 22.

Arnt Arntzen, a young local talent and one of Canada’s rising jazz musicians, is excited about the show: “As a banjo player that primarily plays Jazz music from the 20’s and 30’s, I can’t imagine a more drastic change than to work with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. Plucked or strummed strings sounding through a drum or resonating chamber sound beautiful to me, whether it is on an American-made Vega plectrum banjo or on the Chinese erhu, sanxian or guzheng. To be able to work with these amazing instruments is an exciting opportunity. I am grateful to be able to collaborate with the wonderful people who play them.”

The concert brings together Vancouver’s two music scenes. The unusual interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments (led by jazz banjo) makes Jasmine Jazz a special musical experience. Jazz will be interpreted through traditional Chinese instruments; and traditional and contemporary Chinese music will be given a new life through jazz. The programme includes the premiere of new compositions including pieces by two Chinese-Canadian composers, the highly acclaimed Xiaopeng Jiang and young emerging Vancouver composer Alan Lau.

The presenters gratefully acknowledge the support of Artvest, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and Government of British Columbia through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming.

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